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Publisher Description

From the New York Times bestselling author of Rules of Civility and the forthcoming novel The Lincoln Highway, a story about a man who is ordered to spend the rest of his life inside a luxury hotel—a beautifully transporting novel. 

The mega-bestseller with more than 2 million readers, soon to be a major television series

In 1922, Count Alexander Rostov is deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal, and is sentenced to house arrest in the Metropol, a grand hotel across the street from the Kremlin. Rostov, an indomitable man of erudition and wit, has never worked a day in his life, and must now live in an attic room while some of the most tumultuous decades in Russian history are unfolding outside the hotel’s doors. Unexpectedly, his reduced circumstances provide him entry into a much larger world of emotional discovery.

Brimming with humor, a glittering cast of characters, and one beautifully rendered scene after another, this singular novel casts a spell as it relates the count’s endeavor to gain a deeper understanding of what it means to be a man of purpose.

Fiction & Literature
September 6
Penguin Publishing Group
Penguin Random House Canada

Customer Reviews

magneticmoose ,

A rich and charming story

This is the best novel I’ve read in a long time - a sweeping, historical story filled with interesting characters and ideas, yet predominantly set in just one location, the Metropol Hotel in Moscow. The novel is a love-letter to the civility & elegance which was lost during the Bolshevik Revolution, and while the history of ‘Old Europe’ certainly has its darker aspects, I couldn’t help but be charmed by Count Rostov and his astute observations and appreciation of the finer things. Just a wonderful book!

macdebster ,

Life under Lockdown

‘Showing a sense of restraint that was almost out of character, the count had restricted himself to two succinct pieces of advise. The first was that if one did not master one’s circumstances, one was bound to be mastered by them and the second was Montaigne’s constant maxim that the surest sign of wisdom is constant cheerfulness” ; equal part wisdom literature, mystery,intrigue and a beautiful love story with historical underpinnings. A perfect book to read during the restrictions of a pandemic.

Joana Ribeiro da Cunha ,

A Gentleman in Moscow

Beautifully written, with such attention to detail, it transports you into the author’s world, rich with history, culture, and the human story.

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